With the evenings drawing in I thought it was a good a time as any to review my set of Pedalite Pedal Lights. These are a simple product you can fit and forget about and because they offer an additional way for you to be seen when out and about on your bike, they are really worth looking into if you haven't already got them fitted. We liked them so much we bought another set.
What you get when you purchase a set of Pedalite Pedal Lights is exactly that. You get a new set of pedals to fit in the place of your old ones, but these have the added bonus of being able to light up when you are out and about on your bike. When we bought our Pedalite Pedal Lights we were a bit worried as they are not cheap to buy and they could have been a quick way to waste money. Luckily they have worked well and I feel that they offer good value as they increase your visibility to motorists, pedestrians and other cyclists.
Its a simple thing to do to get your Pedalite Pedal Lights fitted. We were able to get ours done in the store we bought them from, but we were assured that they just go on where your old pedals would have been, so I feel it would be an easy DIY job to put these on. We got our old pedals back as spares too which is handy. Once the new pedals are in place, you end up with a nice new set of dual purpose pedals that are able to store power that is built up when you are pedaling along.
My Pedalite Pedal Lights are made from durable materials and they use kinetic energy to light up when the pedals on the bike is moving. They also remain working for up to 5 minutes even if you stop pedalling, begin free wheeling or just stop altogether. These lights are designed to be seen from almost any angle and they really do shine well enough to get you seen when its getting dark. They flash to let people know you are there which is fantastic.
These little pedals with their built in lights, flash as you ride and really get you noticed. They have built in reflectors too which adds to their ability to get you seen in the dark. They don't need any batteries to make them work and are a fit and forget item that can help to protect you when cycling in winter weather, dark nights and gloomy days.
These simple Pedalite Pedal Lights can be fitted on to adults bike as well as older childrens bikes as they are standard size. The actual pedals are comfy when in use and have decent anti slip grip patterns on them to stop your feet slipping off when using them. When we bought our first set of these they were £30 from a local cycle shop and the price included the fitting. Having looked into prices prior to buying these seemed to retail from £30 to £40, so I feel we got good value for money.
The lights are similar to car lights as they show white at the front, there is a red light at the back and an amber light in the middle of the pedals. The lights flash even when you are not moving and as long as you move on again or rotate your pedals after a few minutes of not moving the lights will continue to work.
To rate these is very simple for me, as I feel these Pedalite Pedal Lights are a very good product that works with no fuss and can ensure my safety when out on the road in dark conditions. The flashing lights on the pedals are nice and bright and can be seen from a long way away and they begin to work from the moment you set off. They also work in daylight as once they are fitted they are there for you all the time. Because these are so good I feel they ought to get a 5 star rating.
It seems that winter is really established now. It's cold dark and gloomy and often seems just really dismal all day. With such poor light characteristics this is a particularly dangerous time of year for those of us who venture out on bicycles. The law requires that bikes should have a front white light and a red rear light together with a rear red reflector whenever light conditions are poor. Yet, how many cycles have you seen on a dark night, no lights at all and the rider dressed completely in black. It's little wonder that accidents are all too frequent, and in the majority of all such collisions it's the cyclist who comes off worst. Pedalite is not a new concept, indeed I can remember seeing flyers advertising them over 10 years ago whilst shopping in a Hypermarket in France, but it has taken a little while to complete the journey across the Channel. These simple pedal replacements offer twinkling red, white and amber lights, with no batteries and really help improve the visibility of cyclists for other road users. They are however not a replacement for the legally required front and back lights, but should be seen as a sensible enhancement.
*** Product Installation ***
Available today from the likes of Amazon and other high street outlets you can expect to pay around £30 for a set of these replacement pedals. Replacement pedals are exactly what they are, you simply remove your old pedals (once you have worked out which way the thread runs, which is actually quite simple since it is in opposition to the way the pedal rotates) and thread on the new pedal. Each Pedalite pedal is marked with a large 'L' or ' R' so you will be in no doubt which one goes where. Indeed you will probably have more difficulty removing the Pedalite pedals from the cardboard packaging, where they are tightly bound with strong fierce cable ties, than deciding where each should go. You will need a decent 14mm open ended spanner, rather than a cumbersome adjustable type since the distance from the crank is quite small and an adjustable one simply won't fit. Whilst a bike spanner probably would do the job, there would not have been sufficient purchase for me to undo the old pedals, but the better leverage of a longer spanner makes the job really easy.
*** The Pedals In Action ***
Wow, these work without batteries, the simple action of normal pedalling, generates kinetic energy which powers the lights. The front of the pedal has a white light, the rear is red and the sides are amber and boy do they shine brightly. I do not think that the light would be sufficient if your front light went out, but it would certainly be better than nothing. I can also vouch that the lights can be seen over a quarter of a mile away, giving even the speedier motorists a fighting chance to miss you. Even better , the lights continue to twinkle for 1 to 2 mins when you stop pedalling, for example at a junction or waiting for traffic lights. They really are simple brilliance, robustly made, no parts to replace and suitable for all standard bicycle cranks.
What a good idea to put onto youngsters' bikes, so even when their lights get nicked, which unfortunately appears to be all too commonplace these days; there still is a decent chance of them being visible as they pedal about. They even look pretty cool too; so will be easily accepted, and may even become the envy of their friends. Whatever the age of the cyclist, state of the bike, these pedals can only be a huge safety boost, for relatively little money and no ongoing maintenance.
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LED kinetic energy flashing pedals for improved road safety and cyclist visibility